Žilina, October 28, 2020. The civic association Servare et Manere, as the responsible organization for the implementation of the international initiative Tree of Peace, had the honour of awarding the Memorial Medal of Tree of Peace to Mr. Ross P. Marine, Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic to the Midwest USA for noteworthy merit for the implementation of the project in the United States. Thanks to Mr. Marine, it was possible to plant the Tree of Peace in an extremely important place for American and world military history. On Friday, June 21, 2019, at 5:00 pm, the ninth Tree of Peace was planted on the north lawn of the National World War I Museum and Memorial of the United States in Kansas City in the state of Missouri. The event took place also under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York.
In the United States the project also received the significant honour. Thanks to Mr. Marine’s initiative, an official Congressional Record was issued in Washington on June 20, 2019. The Record of the United States House of Representatives with № 104 was signed by Emanuel Cleaver II, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Servare et Manere expresses the gratitude by awarding a Memorial Medal of Tree of Peace, which may be granted to personalities, who are personally involved in planting, or people and governmental or non-governmental organizations who have made a contribution to spreading ideas of understanding and union among nations, as well as have made a contribution to the spreading and implementation of the project. This award is also given for significant environmental merits leading to sustainable development of human society and use of natural resources. The number of laureates is limited to 60 people including organizations.
The Memorial Medal of Tree of Peace was awarded on September 28, 2020 on the second anniversary of the Tree of Peace initiative and was awarded for the first time since the establishment of this award. Unfortunately, the well-known complications caused by coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic affect all spheres of cultural and social life. For this reason, the award was sent only by post. We believe that the actions of Mr. Ross Marine will be inspiring for other future supporters and friends of the Tree of Peace project. Once again, cordially congratulations to the laureate!